Author Archive for Casey Maynard



ICPL Mock Caldecott Awards

by Casey Maynard on November 17th, 2017

Last year we did our first ever ICPL Mock Caldecott Awards  and had more than 100 votes for the 15 titles nominated by staff. This year we have narrowed the field to ten titles released in 2017 by authors currently living in or citizens of the USA. Voting will be online this year and will be open from December 1st through January 31st. I will also be posting a review of a nominated title once a week for the next ten weeks, so be sure to check back in!

Without further ado and in no particular order, here are ICPL’s Mock Caldecott nominees:

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More information regarding the Caldecott Award rules and eligibility can be found here.

Check Out These New Books!

by Casey Maynard on October 23rd, 2017

“Rapunzel”, by Bethan Woollvin is a cut above. Prepare for a delightful and unconventional heroine. Much like her first picture book, “Little Red”, Woollvin’s next installation is a joyful romp. Be sure to look under the dust jacket for a fun surprise.

 

 

 

 

 

Image result for duncan tonatiuh danzaDuncan Tonatiuh’s “Danza” is a lovely biography of Amalia Hernández, the founder of El Ballet Folklórico de México.  If you are unfamiliar with the Folkloric Ballet this is a wonderful place to start.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image result for sam the most scaredy cat kidMo Willems took his time giving us a sequel to “Leonardo the Terrible Monster”. “Sam, the Most Scaredy-Cat Kid in the World” is a fun extension for these beloved characters and, per usual, Willems delivers high quality frivolity. Look for pigeon cameos, and read back to back if you want to see the play between the two books.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 “In Your Hands” by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Brian Pinkney, is not only timely but beautifully rendered. It encompasses what we all hope for our children, brothers and sisters as they set out into the world. While God and prayer are central here, this title resonates on a truly humanitarian level.Related image

Why I Love Kim Krans

by Casey Maynard on September 14th, 2017

For those of you who are unfamiliar with author/illustrator, Kim Krans, I highly recommend her picture books. Not only are they stunning, but her work is highly original and full of whimsy. Both ABC Dream and 123 Dream are wordless, however, Krans uses the format to allow audiences to explore her artwork and discover all the ways her choices align with the numbers and letters represented. They are also a challenge to see how much you and your little ones know about your numbers and letters.

Her most recent picture book, Whose Moon is That? differs from the Dream series in that it’s a short narrative conversation regarding ownership of the moon. The story is sweet, insightful and will get your little ones excited about looking up at our night sky. Image result for kim krans

 

Looking for more fabulous Kim Krans artwork? She is also the creator of the highly acclaimed Wild Unknown Tarot.

Friday Night Movie Series

by Casey Maynard on August 30th, 2017

Friday Night Movies (Sept. 2017)Our new Friday Night Movie series is starting this upcoming Friday, September 1st! Every Friday evening starting at 5:30 we will be showing a movie in the Children’s Storytime Room. While we will not be serving snacks you are always welcome to bring your own.  Floor cushions, stuffed friends, pillows and blankets are welcome as well.

This month we are showing Ponyo, Bridge to Terabithia, The Little Mermaid, Matilda and The Great Mouse Detective.For a sneak peak at the other films we will be showing this fall be sure to check out the ICPL Online Calendar.

Nightlights

by Casey Maynard on August 18th, 2017

nightlights-coverNightlights by Lorena Alvarez is a delightfully creepy and beautiful graphic novel. Part fairy tale, part nightmare with an ending open enough for sequels, this is journey you won’t want to miss. While the visuals are enough of a hat tip to other artists to catch and enjoy–Cartoon Saloon, Vera Brosgol, Emil Carroll etc.–Alvarez’s use of color, negative space and overall pacing are unique and memorable.

 

Nightlights is Alvarez’s first graphic novel, so be sure to watch for more from her in the future!Nightlights

 

The Elephant’s Garden

by Casey Maynard on July 28th, 2017

Image result for JANE RAY ELEPHANTS GARDENJane Ray’s new folktale retelling, The Elephant’s Garden is absolutely stunning. Not only is the tale itself lovely, but Ray’s illustrations show her understanding and respect for the folktale’s origins. Be sure to check this one out!

Jane Ray has also been nominated for the 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Award for her body of work.

 

Pajama Storytime Returns!

by Casey Maynard on June 12th, 2017

Would you love to bring your children to storytimes at ICPL but don’t have time during the morning? Have no fear, Pajama Storytime is here! Stop by the children’s storytime room from 6:30-7:00 on the second and fourth Monday of the month in June, July and August where we will be getting roudy and loud before we settle back down for bed. Pajamas are encouraged and stuffed friends, blankets and pillows are all welcome to attend this special evening program!

 

Pajama Storytime is designed with the whole family in mind, babies, toddlers and older siblings are all welcome.

Little Fox in the Forest

by Casey Maynard on May 26th, 2017

Related imageIn the mood for something cute? Stephanie Graegin’s debut picture book as author and illustrator, Little Fox in the Forest, is a wordless triumph. The story is heartfelt and the pacing of the narrative is perfect for younger readers. This is certainly a book that little ones and adults will enjoy perusing over and over with a great message of friendship. Graegin has illustrated a number of other books in our collection so be sure to check them out.

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Not Quite Narwhal

by Casey Maynard on April 28th, 2017

Image result for not quite narwhalPrepare to go on a journey of self discovery with a little unicorn named Kelp. Jessie Sima’s premier picture book is a winner and definitely one not to miss.  The illustrations are beyond adorable and the story is particularly sweet, but I won’t ruin the ending for you. Keep your eyes on Jessie Sima, she’s bound to make a splash!

Her Idleness Strikes Again!

by Casey Maynard on March 7th, 2017

Flora and the Chicks Today, Molly Idle has released her first board book which happens to be the fourth entry in her seminal Flora series.  Flora and the Chicks is an adorable, mostly wordless, counting primer.

Your little one will love exploring numbers 1 through 10 with Flora and her brood of hatching chicks. The old adage regarding playing while mom’s away definitely applies here, much to the delight of the chicks and the chagrin of Flora who does her best to keep up with their the ever increasing number.

Image result for flora and the chicksDefinitely a sequel to check out while we wait, impatiently, for the next installment, Flora and the Ostrich: an Opposties Book, also a board book, coming in September.

Can’t get enough Flora? Be sure to stop by ICPL to see all of her other work and the books she’s illustrated for other authors–our friendly staff would be happy to help you find them all!